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Total starts production from Zinia Phase 2 on Block 17 in Angola

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The Pazflor project project operated by Total in Angola. Image credit:Total

09 May 2021 – Oil producer Total announced that it has started production at the Zinia Phase 2 short-cycle project in Angola. French based Total operates Block 17 in Angola with the Angolan National Oil, Gas and Biofuels Agency.

The Zinia Phase 2 short-cycle project is connected to existing Pazflor’s FPSO (Floating Production, Storage and Offloading unit). The project includes the drilling of nine wells and is expected to reach a production of 40,000 barrels of oil per day by mid-2022.

Located in water depths from 600m to 1200m and about 150km from the Angolan coast, Zinia Phase 2 resources are estimated at 65 million barrels of oil. According to Nicolas Terraz, President Africa, Exploration and Production at Total, the development of this project was carried out according to schedule and for a CAPEX more than 10% below budget, representing a saving of USD150-million dollars.

“It involved more than 3 million manhours of work, of which 2 million were performed in Angola, without any incident. The successful start-up of this project, despite the challenges that have arisen as a result of the pandemic, demonstrates Total’s commitment to ensure a sustainable output on Block 17, for which the production license was recently extended until 2045. Zinia Phase 2 project reflects the quality of short cycle projects in Angola with high return on investment”, said Nicolas Terraz, President Africa, Exploration and Production at Total.

Paulino Jerónimo, CEO of the National Oil, Gas and Biofuels Agency, says that Zinia Phase 2 is a key project for Angola that comes at the right time to sustain the production of the country. “We welcome our collaboration with Total in Angola, that keeps investing with its partners in the development of the country oil resources,” says Jerónimo.

Block 17 is operated by Total with a 38% stake, alongside Equinor (22.16%), ExxonMobil (19%), BP Exploration Angola Ltd (15.84%) and Sonangol P&P (5%). The contractor group operates four FPSOs in the main production areas of the block, namely Girassol, Dalia, Pazflor and CLOV.

Total has been present in Angola since 1953 and employs about 1500 people in the country. The company’s equity production in Angola averaged 212,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day in 2020 from operated blocks 17 and 32, and from non-operated assets 0, 14, 14K, and Angola LNG. Total is the country’s leading oil operator with close to 45% of Angola’s operated oil production. The company also operates several blocks in pre-development phase: Block 17/06 in the Lower Congo Basin, Block 16 where the Chissonga discovery was made and the recently acquired Blocks 20/11 and 21/09 in the Kwanza Basin. It is also operator of Block 48 in the emerging ultra-deep offshore play, where an exploration phase is under way.

In the gas sector, Total holds a 13.6% stake in the 5.2-million-ton-per-year Angola LNG liquefaction plant, which is supplied with associated gas from the country’s offshore oil fields. Total is also partner in the New Gas Consortium, a key player in developing Angola’s natural gas resources. Through Total Eren, Total has executed end of 2020 a Memorandum of Understanding with the Angolan Ministry of Energy and Water to build and operate a 35 MWp solar project in Angola with its partner Greentech – Angola Environment Technology, an experienced energy developer based in Luanda, and the state-owned company Sonangol.

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